A PARISH council has announced their objections to a proposed climbing centre near Southampton which could create up to 35 jobs.

Plans to change the use of Units E1 and E2 at Adanac Park, Nursling Street, Nursling from light industrial use, to light industrial use and leisure to provide a state of the art climbing centre has been submitted.

The proposal, submitted by Climbing Centre Group, would be their fourth park in the country, adding Southampton to their facilities in Manchester, Reading and Harrogate.

Details of what the Nursling site may look like or feature, are unclear.

But other sites range from 7,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet which offer extensive roped, auto belay and bouldering.

They also have large car parks, an on-site cafe, as well as a shop.

However, Nursling and Rownhams Parish Council have vented their objections to the proposal.

In a statement from the parish council, it says: "Whilst Nursling and Rownhams Parish Council would welcome extra sporting facilities such as a climbing wall in the local area, it is felt that the suggested location is unsuitable for this type of use.

"This is because the application is contrary to TVBC Revised Local Plan (2016) Policy LE6, which allocates this land for employment class B1 (business) use. Policy LE6 states that there are few sites within South Hampshire which have similar characteristics to, or present similar opportunities as to that at Adanac Park."

The Parish Council also believes that the change of use to a leisure facility would provide insufficient parking at this site.

The statement added: "This concern is furthered as the applicant states 25 Full Time Equivalent members of staff would be employed at the site, alongside the need for customer parking.

"The change in use from B1 Light Industrial to B1 Light Industrial and D2 Leisure would also likely alter the operating hours of the site, as presumably the centre would wish to open during the evenings and weekends as standard."

A spokesperson for Climbing Centre Group said: "We are still in the early stages of the application and we need to get the change of use hurdle out of the way first.

"We have seen early objections, for example a concern of 25 staff members parked as well as customers but at most we will only have five staff members in at one time.

"There is also traffic concerns which we will have to iron out."

The determination deadline for the application is Sunday, March 29 2020.